Alternate Names : Elective Mutism
What can be done to prevent the condition?
There is no
specific way to prevent selective mutism at this time. Reducing childhood
emotional trauma or stress may
reduce this and other mental disorders.
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Most episodes of
selective mutism may only last 2 to 3 months and cause short-term educational
or occupational disabilities. Long-term effects may include other behaviors or problems that can have a long-term impact on education and employment.
What are the risks to others?
Selective mutism is not
contagious and cannot be spread to others.